If you are looking for a smartphone from April 2014 that comes with a big display, high pixel density screen, high-resolution display, NFC, fast 4G mobile data support, Quad core processor and the superlative feature of Dual SIM card support then look no further. The strange case of the S3 Neo is that we know the S3 name from numerous years ago now so it’s peculiar branding to say the least. However, Sammy are dubbing this one the best Dual SIM smartphone out there on the market so it’s no slouch.
Even though the wonderful Android 5.0 Lollipop is not coming to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo with new lock screen notifications, revamped notification panel and quick settings, multi-user support for phones, battery saver mode, Screen Pin, Material design and more, there’s still plenty to look forward to with root access. After applying the root we are opening up the operating system and removing the factory default restrictions that are implemented by the device manufacturers. Once complete we have a bevy of applications ready for installing and getting the most out of the internal system with performance, speed, fun and more. I’ll run through some of the specifics on that later. let’s look at the bare essentials before we start looking at the steps.
You should understand that applying the ‘root’ is meant for advanced Android users only. If you do not have experience you want to look for a friend or family member to help you out. If you cannot find anybody and wish to proceed on your own, you should read all of the tips carefully.
You must use a Windows computer, notebook or laptop to work with the Odin application since it isn’t made for the Mac OS X or Linux machines. Furthermore, you want to stop all security programs from running on the Android Neo and the Microsoft Windows-based OS.
Download and install Samsung Kies and update the USB drivers from the Kies utility. You can download the drivers manually here if you prefer that method. However, Kies is a great utility to get to know for syncing the handset too.
Furthermore, you want to stopover at the Developer Options menu and enable the USB Debugging Mode.
Speaking of which: you should backup the phone contacts, SMS texts, MMS messages, videos, photos, music files and the whole shebang. use applications to help you out such as Helium for Android to sync the contacts and backing up the applications. SMS Backup+ is a great way to make copies of those text messages from your lover that you don’t want to lose.
Unlocking and tinkering with the devices internals like we are about to do in a moment will void any remaining manufacturers warranty left on the device. Given that the smartphone is well under a year old, you will likely have that left. Nevertheless, even after you apply the unchaining, you can revert it back to stock software and take away the root access; therefore restoring the warranty once again. It’s possible since the flash counter turns back to zero. Moreover, ChainFire, the developer who makes the CF-Root tool, has another app available called triangle Away. It takes away the orange triangle from the boot screen.
Some experts advise you to make sure there’s sufficient battery power before starting the steps. However, I can tell you that this handset comes with USB charging, and since we are plugged into the computer for most of the process, it results in the battery power charging automatically. Only check the battery charge levels if you know the USB charging feature doesn’t work.
How to root the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean through to Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- Turn the computer on and log in to your user account.
- Download the CF root package here.
- Download the latest version of Odin here.
- Unzip the files to the C: Drive or the desktop.
- Boot the Neo in Download Mode
– Volume Up + power + home buttons concurrently
- Get hold of the USB cable
– likely used as the wire connecting the phone charger at this point.
- have Odin running and open on the computer monitor
- Connect the Neo with the computer using the USB wire.
- Watch as the ID: COM port in the Odin application changes blue or yellow and presents the “added” word.
- Click on the PA button and upload the root file from the saved location.
- Leave the default settings of the application the same.
- Auto reboot, re-partition and F reset Time boxes are marked the way we want them by default.
- Click the Start button for the flashing to begin.
- Wait for the ID: COM port to turn a favorable color before closing down the app.
- Click the safely remove hardware icon from the system tray and stop the USB mass Storage device before exiting.